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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 06-26-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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I dont know if many of you remember me but, I havent posted here in quite a while. A good mixture of exams and lacrosse season limited me to posting. Anywhooo, I was driving home from my final exam today, happy as can be that summer started when I see a cloud of smoke in my rearview mirror. Luckily I was a few seconds away from my house. I shut the car down, tried to start her back up and nothing...
I checked everything under the hood and of coarse NO ANTI FREEZE was left over. I checked the oil to see if any anti freeze was mixed in there and luckily there wasnt any. Looks as though my head gasket might be gone. LOL If everyone can keep my car in their prayers tonight hoping I wont have to replace the entire egine... that would be great. Anyone else encounter this problem ?
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What year and trim Bonneville do you have? I'm guessing you have the L36? Sorry about the bad luck!
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Its a 1995 SLE. As a matter of fact, its already on its second engine. We had a head gasket go on the original engine and had to replace it. Apparently the mechanic said that there is a slim chances that a plastic piece that separates the anti freeze may have given way and thats what needs to be replaced. I'm hoping for the best, but hell, I'll take it as it comes.
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Snaz.

Read up on this ASAP

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...e=article&k=38

99% chance this is your issue. Get the oil out drained out today, whether you get it fixed now or a month from now. Refill with cheapy oil for the time being.

The oil is important to keep the bottom end from rusting...even though you can't see it in the oil..it'* there
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I agree... Get that oil out ASAP. Even if it doesn't look like it'* there, it will still ENSURE there isn't any there. This will help you in not having to replace the whole engine.
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If the motor does turn out to be toast...

I smell a swap!!

Fingers crossed for you buddy...
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I'm guessing the head gasket wasn't the issue on the first engine either.
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Thanks for all the support and the car was already brought to a mechanic. I will definitely be back on here to post what kinda damage is done.

UUGGHHH I cant describe how irritated I am. Believe it or not, when this happened, I was planning on changing after my exam and buying some new 5 and a quarts for a nice little project for myself. Now Im in over my head. I hope shell be back to this form soon :

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So I just got a call from the mechanic that'* working on my Bonny and of course the news was BAD. Long story short, its engine swap time. There was anti freeze in every cylinder and it would too much of a risk to replace the entire intake. So right now we're in the process of finding a engine thats going to in the bonny.

This is prolly the last of this car. I'm goin strip it back to stock (rims and system are comin off) after the new engine is in there and shes gonna be put up for sale. This is the second swap I've had to do and frankly its not worth the money I'm spending. In fact, I regret not selling it after the first swap. Its a sad time
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Chances are that engine is still good... But you have a fried intake... The reson that it wouldn't start is because the engine hydrolocked when you shut it off...

Sorry to hear about the troubles...

BTW, I have been through this on my Bonnie... same problems you had... I have never replaced the engine... I'm still driving that car 7 years later, and at near 150k miles

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